Illicit Drugs and the Terrorist Threat: Causal Links and Implications for Domestic Drug Control Policy [Updated April 20, 2004] [open pdf - 108KB]
"The international traffic in illicit drugs contributes to terrorist risk through at least five mechanisms: supplying cash, creating chaos and instability, supporting corruption, providing 'cover' and sustaining common infrastructures for illicit activity, and competing for law enforcement and intelligence attention. These five mechanisms are discussed, as well as drug policy to reduce the terrorist threat. Any terrorist threats exacerbated by the illicit drug markets might be reduced by shrinking the markets themselves, both in physical volume and financial revenue. It is not clear that increased drug law enforcement alone can succeed in that respect; the cocaine and heroin markets have proven stubbornly resistant to vigorous enforcement efforts. This document is an updated version of a previous report."
CRS Report for Congress, RL32334